It is no doubt that as the close of his eight years as governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has proved to be remarkable in his numerous whims. And it is no secret how much the disappointed Ndigbo are in him. This is a man, who eight years ago, many had looked upon to be a refuge for Ndigbo. The belief Ndigbo had in him was such that they were unrelenting in their support and voted him ahead of an incumbent governor. Many people believed that after a series of disappointments, at last, the good people of Imo state had found a man who would walk in the shoes of great men like Dr. Sam Mbakwe. But after eight years, the result and the expectation have not tallied. Rochas Okorocha has turned out to be indeed, another basket case.
Rochas Okorocha has proven in numerous occasion that just like the lizard in the fable who ruined his mother’s funeral, he is ready to sacrifice the interest of Ndigbo for his personal gains. From supporting the campaign of the current president who has proven to be anti-Igbo to opposing Pro-Igbo groups like the IPOB who are unrelenting in their struggle for the emancipation of Ndigbo, to erecting statues in honour of politicians who have in Igbo land; statues of people who have no business being there! The man himself has shown little or no compassion for Igbo causes. Rather he has been busy playing second fiddle to the despicable federal character of the Nigerian government with hopes that somehow, in 2023, the presidency will be passed to him. It is a shame that a man like Rochas could not see how much hate there is for Ndigbo in this country, and the fact that a supposed Igbo man like him is not exempted from it. And he had to go on trying to please the people he could never please at the detriment of the people who gave him all their love and trust and made him king. And of course, the inevitable has happened: his people no longer trust him and the people he hoped on have disappointed him. Rochas Okorocha has become like the lizard in the fable who ruined his mother’s funeral and by virtue of it, brought destruction upon himself.
Rochas Okorocha and his likes are a proof that indeed, not all that glitters is gold. There has been a lot of despair in Imo state throughout his regime. The Bible puts it succinctly in Proverbs 29:2 when it said: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked people rule, the people mourn.” There has been a lot of mourning among Ndigbo in Rochas’ reign. And this goes a long way in saying who he really is: whether he was a good man before is not the question. It is said that the true power of a man is revealed when you give him power. And Rochas has succeeded in showing us that if Ndigbo are serious in making progress with their ambition for self emancipation, we must do away with men like him. It should be the prayer of every Igbo man that Ndigbo do not experience another Rochas Okorocha.